Birth, death, and resurrection: Maturation of adult education in the New Orleans Public School System, 1845-1995

Russell Owen Plasczyk

Abstract

The New Orleans Public School System celebrated its one hundred fiftieth birthday in 1991. A book was published in honor of the survival of the New Orleans Public School System and to commemorate those who were a part of that struggle in New Orleans. Adult education within the New Orleans public school system has an equally outstanding and fascinating story to tell. This story has as many low points and high points as the history of primary and secondary education. Adult education is a relatively unexplored area of education in the history of the New Orleans Public School System. From its modest beginnings, to its rapid expansion, and its early death during the Civil War, adult education would reemerge in the early twentieth century. The story of adult education in the New Orleans Public school system is one of continual maturation, change, and adaptation. Adult education is continuing to evolve and meet the public needs of New Orleans as the city emerges into the twenty-first century. This dissertation is a study of the historical development of adult education in the New Orleans Public School System.